Author Event: 99 to 1

Author Event: 99 to 1

For the last thirty years, we’ve lived through a radical redistribution of wealth. All the money has moved upward to a tiny fraction of the population. It’s as though we’re undertaking a bizarre social experiment to see how much inequality a...
Webinar: How to Organize a Resilience Circle

Webinar: How to Organize a Resilience Circle

Please join us for an interactive online webinar about tips for organizing a Resilience Circle or Common Security Club. Resilience Circles are a small group approach to building individual and community resilience during difficult economic times. We’ll talk...
Time Banks USA National Conference

Time Banks USA National Conference

Resilience Circles are small groups of 10 – 20 people that help strengthen community ties during this time of economic and ecological challenges. This interactive workshop will provide a taste of the benefits of forming such a circle. Groups use a free...
A Strategy for Coping with Unemployment

A Strategy for Coping with Unemployment

The jobless rate rose to 9.2 percent in June, which means yet more Americans are waking up to the disorienting experience of having no job to report to. How are they coping? “These are hard times for a lot of people,” says Wendee Crofoot, who is unemployed...

Building Resilience: The New Economy in the Shell of the Old

This post originally appeared on Shareable.net. On a Thursday night around 6 p.m., people gathered for the fourth meeting of my Resilience Circle. We were in the social hall of the local Congregational Church, a big churchy room with folding tables and chairs. The...

Resistance & Resilience: Coming Together in Hard Times

Join us to discuss the economic system meltdown, building a “New Economy,” and a local response for personal and community resilience with Common Security Clubs. The discussion will be led by: Chuck Collins – Senior Scholar and Director of the...

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future

On April 1, I sat down with a group of my neighbors — members of a newly formed Common Security Club in our Boston neighborhood — to watch Inside Job, the Academy Award-winning documentary about the 2008 economic meltdown. We were going for an April Fools...
Common Security Clubs: A Facilitator Training Workshop

Common Security Clubs: A Facilitator Training Workshop

What is a Common Security Club? It’s a new way for group leaders and trainers to help people help themselves in these troubled times. These are challenging times for all of us. The economic meltdown and concerns about the health of the planet have left people...

Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?

Cross-posted with Yes! Magazine. “I don’t believe the economy is getting better,” says Billy R., a member of a mutual aid group in Oregon that he jokingly calls “my reality support group.” “All around me I’m surrounded by...

Support Groups for Hard Times

“It is hard to imagine facing the future without my gang of neighbors,” said Laura Dudley, a member of a common security club in the Detroit area. “The whole media culture is telling us to keep borrowing and consuming, that climate change is still...

Church in Our Times: Spirit and Security in the Face of Reality

We’ve been hearing for years that the mainline Protestant churches are on the wane in the United States, emptying out in an increasingly atomized society. And Catholicism has been clearly weakened by recent internal events. Is the Christian church only a force...

Neighbors Banding Together in Tough Times

We’re rooting for President Barack Obama and Congress to fix the economy, hoping they’ll find a way to compensate for the 7.4 million jobs that have disappeared since 2007 and assist the 1.7 million people who have lost their homes. But we also need to...

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs Economic Solidarity

Earlier this year, I wrote an article in Sojourners about Common Security Clubs: a mini-movement of people coming together in churches, community centers, and union halls to help each other understand and cope with the economic crisis. After it was published, more...